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The Weekend and Beyond

Here are some things you might need to know for your travels this weekend and afterward.

Break on Track Work
Metrorail has curtailed its weekend track work program through April 12-13. The break should be especially pleasing to Red Line riders, who have endured several months of extensive delays. But it's also well-timed for the many events and the heavy travel period coming up in early spring.

Parking Tight at National
If you're hoping to park at Reagan National Airport this Easter weekend, check the airport Web site for up to date information on space availablity. You can also call 703-417-7275 for an update. Metro is a good choice for National. Here's a link to Metro's Trip Planner, so you can see how long the ride will take.

Rock Creek Parkway Lane Closed
The right southbound lane on the Rock Creek Parkway will remain closed for about two more weeks between P Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. This work zone, part of a year-long parkway reconstruction that is scheduled to end by May, became infamous among commuters last year for the traffic delays. The P Street ramps remains open during the work, the National Park Service says.

National Harbor Bus
The new NH1 bus line, which begins operating Sunday, will provide an important transit link between the National Harbor development and Southern Avenue Metrorail station. The bus is scheduled to run every 20 minutes during rush periods and every 30 minutes during off-peak times between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Tidal Basin Parking
For the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the National Park Service will close the Tidal Basin parking lot at 1501 Maine Ave. SW starting Wednesday. It probably will remain closed until April 15.

Nats No Parking
The National Park Service is waving baseball stadium parkers away from Anacostia Park, reminding people that it's for park users only and that parking on the turf is illegal. The park is a half a mile from the new Nationals stadium on South Capitol Street and on the opposite side of the Anacostia River.

Navy Yard Exit
Baseball fans getting off Green Line trains and heading for the west side exit at Navy Yard Station may find the two platform escalators crowded. Walk past them to reach a new staircase that connects with the station's mezzanine.

Route 50 Closure
Both eastbound lanes of Route 50 in the Gore area of Frederick County near the West Virginia state line are scheduled to close from 4 p.m. March 28 to 5 a.m. March 31. This is for work on the Winchester and Western Railroad. Traffic traveling east on Route 50 from any point west of Gore will be detoured to Route 50 west into West Virginia, then take Route 29 North to Route 127 East to Route 522 South to Route 37 and back to Route 50.

Traffic Triple Header
Three traffic-generating events will occur in the District on Saturday, March 29.
The National Marathon and Half Marathon, which course through the city along two large loops, will require temporary street closings beginning at about 7 a.m. and continuing till about 1 p.m. The races begin and end at RFK Stadium.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival begins, and the blossoms around the Tidal Basin should be peaking. The Washington Nationals play an exhibition game against the Orioles at the new stadium on South Capitol Street at 6 p.m. Saturday, before they open the season with a Sunday night game.

Another useful source of information: The District Department of Transportation has enhanced its Web site. Click on the interactive map and then look for "Special Events" in the menu.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 23, 2008; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  
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